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Ohio State NFL draft 2016 first round review

Here’s a look at Ohio State contingent in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft: 

An empty Ohio Stadium

Joey Bosa, third pick of first round by the San Diego Chargers 

  • Bosa is the 16th defensive end selected from Ohio State in the common draft era (since 1967)
  • Last: John Simon in the fourth round by the Ravens in 2013
  • First: Eric Kumerow (Bosa’s uncle) in the first round (16th overall) by the Dolphins in 1988
  • He is the sixth DE from Ohio State taken in the first round and first since Cameron Heyward went 31st to the Steelers in 2011 Others: Kumerow, Vernon Gholston (sixth, to the Jets in 2008), Will Smith (18th, to the Saints in 2004) and Alonzo Spellman (22nd, to the Bears in 1992).

Bosa is the ninth Buckeye picked by the Chargers

  • Last: Offensive lineman Shane Olivea in the seventh round in 2004
  • First: Linebacker Keith Ferguson in the fifth round in 1981

Bosa is the first Urban Meyer Ohio State signee to be drafted.

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Ohio State NFL Combine review 2016

Another NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and this one had a distinct Ohio State flavor.

The 14 Buckeyes in Indianapolis got to meet NFL scouts and personnel and compete against their peers for the right to be picked in the next draft. IMG_1220

Some random thoughts on numbers they posted and reaction to some scouting reports I have seen follow.  Continue reading Ohio State NFL Combine review 2016

National writers praise Meyer for Buckeyes’ personality

Interesting nugget from FOX Sports college football reporter Bruce Feldman in the latest podcast between Feldman and colleague Stewart Mandel: 

In the course of a discussion between the Feldman and Mandel about Ohio State potentially repeating and the difficulty of that because of the different variables that come into play, Feldman draws a distinction he’s seen between the Buckeyes and the last team coach Urban Meyer tried to lead to repeat titles at Florida.  Continue reading National writers praise Meyer for Buckeyes’ personality

Ohio State spring football reactions: Defense

So what to make of spring football at Ohio State for 2014? Is it possible to come away feeling good about the defense without also questioning the offense? I’m going to start off by saying yes, but I can’t promise not to change my mind.

The OSU secondary appears to have taken to the new, more aggressive approach brought by co-coordinator Chris Ash. Of course, we had not really gotten to see Gareon Conley or Eli Apple in action much before this spring, but veterans Doran Grant and Armani Reeves seemed to thrive in the new attack as well. All of them certainly seemed comfortable, even from the first day reporters were allowed to watch practice. They got right in the faces of the OSU receivers in position drills, seven-on-seven and scrimmaging. We saw a fair amount of coverage busts — especially involving the tight ends deep — on that first day, but those appeared to dissipate as the spring went on. Continue reading Ohio State spring football reactions: Defense